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Which cases are used with быть

I believe that the phrases in Russian for 'I was a student' is Я был студентом (instrumental case) and 'I was not a student' is Я не было студента (genitive case) and 'I am a student' is Я студент (...
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Why say “Не найдется таких слов” in the singular instead of using the plural “найдутся”?

Наконец-то нашлась моя книга. In this sentence, the passive verb "нашлась" agrees with the feminine singular subject "книга". But then... Не найдется таких слов, чтобы оправдать ....
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“Реальности не существует” - why a genitive here?

If you take a look at the book «Верховный алгоритм: Как машинное обучение изменит наш мир», in the first line of page 191, you'll read: "..., что объективной реальности вообще не существует"...
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Why “мамы здесь нет”, not “мама здесь нет”

I have encountered the sentence "Mom is not here anymore" translated as "Мамы здесь больше нет". Why "мамы" and not just "мама"? Is it in genitive case?
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Direct object of negated verbs takes which case?

I was reviewing an older Russian textbook today, and it says that the genitive case has to be used for the direct object of negated verbs. For example: I don't see the table ("Я не вижу стола"), and ...